Draft Feature - Chiney Ogwumike
However, Ogwumike wasn’t always just a star in basketball. In high school, she lettered four years in volleyball and basketball and was captain of both teams, while having multiple honors for both. She was also named Gatorade's National Athlete of the Year in addition to its Girl's Basketball National Player of the Year, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year, MVP of the 5A state tournament as a senior, a four-time selection to the All-State Team and first-team All-Houston as a sophomore and to the second team as a freshman.
Ogwumike finished her first year at Stanford averaging 11.7 points a game and led Stanford with 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 57.4 percent from the field as a rookie. She started 35 games and finished with 11.7 points, team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game and a 57.4 shooting percentage. She received multiple honors, such as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, All-Pac-10 Team and Pac-10 All-Defensive Team. Ogwumike earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and shooting 76.5 percent from the field.
It’s obvious Ogwumike has exceptional talent, as her numbers and honors have only progressed since her freshman year at Stanford. She was the only Cardinal player to start all 37 games as a sophomore and was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She also finished second in Pac-12 with 58.3 field-goal percentage, blocked 45 shots and made 28 steals while posting 18 double-doubles.
She was more than a star player for the Cardinal. During her collegiate career, she helped the USA to many victories. Ogwumike captured the third gold medal with USA Basketball at the FIBA 3-by-3 World Championships in August 2012, earned a gold medal with USA Basketball at 2011 World University Games, started all six games and led U.S. with 67.6 shooting percentage. She was a member of the USA Basketball U18 National Team that captured gold at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and was the tournament's leading shooter with a 60.9 field goal percentage, and she also led the U.S. team in scoring with 13.2 points per game.
During her junior year, she wasn’t only named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, for she was also named Pac-12 Player of the Year while being named Pac-12 Player of the Week six times in one season. However, conference titles weren’t the only honors Ogwumike received. She was named USBWA National Player of the Week and inaugural espnW’s National Player of the Week. Toward the end of her junior year, she set Stanford’s career record for double-doubles at 52 and grabbed Stanford’s single game record for 24 rebounds against Oregon.
Her final year at Stanford, she led the Cardinal to the Final Four, falling to UConn. Ogwumike finishes her career at Stanford averaging 26.1 points per game, 12.1 rebounds per game and shooting 60.1 percent from the field in her senior year. Ogwumike’s play is ready for the next chapter in her life, the WNBA. Her older sister, Nneka Ogwumike, was drafted number one overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2012 and earned the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year honor. No one would be surprised if Chiney did the same.